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Blind Faith [Kindle Edition]

Ben Elton
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)

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A dark, savagely comic novel from the bestselling author of Chart Throb.

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Imagine a world where everyone knows everything about everybody. Where 'sharing' is valued above all, and privacy is considered a dangerous perversion.



Trafford wouldn't call himself a rebel, but he's daring to be different, to stand out from the crowd. In his own small ways, he wants to push against the system. But in this world, uniformity is everything. And even tiny defiances won't go unnoticed.



Ben Elton's dark, savagely comic novel imagines a post-apocalyptic society where religious intolerance combines with a sex-obsessed, utterly egocentric culture. In this world, nakedness is modesty, independent thought subversive, and ignorance is wisdom.



A chilling vision of what's to come? Or something rather closer to home?


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 422 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital (4 Sep 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0031RS4S4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #28,946 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Ben Elton is one of Britain's most provocative and entertaining writers. From celebrity to climate change, from the First World War to the end of the world, his books give his unique perspective on some of the most controversial topics of our time.

He has written twelve major bestsellers, including Stark, Popcorn, Inconceivable (filmed as Maybe Baby, which he also directed), Dead Famous, High Society (WH Smith People's Choice Award 2003) and The First Casualty.

He has also written some of television's most popular and incisive comedy, including The Young Ones, Blackadder and The Man From Auntie. His stage work includes three West End plays and the hit musicals The Beautiful Game and We Will Rock You.

He is married with three children.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars a dark, dark dystopian satire 11 Aug 2008
Format:Paperback
Purely by chance, I read this novel shortly after completing The Book Of Dave by Will Self. Both novels use an imagined dystopian future England, decimated after severe flooding covers half the country, for a satire about the state of the nation today. As both novels appeared around the same time, this is clearly a coincidence; both Self and Elton aim at many of the same targets, but while Self's satire is like the point of a dagger skilfully skewering his targets, Ben Elton prefers the repeated hammering over the head with a blunt instrument.

Not that there is anything wrong with this. Elton has addressed the vacuousness of modern life before, and he doesn't spare his anger here. Ben Elton, like Will Self, sets his aim squarely at religious dogmatism. He is clearly horrified by the rise in creationism in the USA, which is starting to make its presence felt in the UK, and takes this to its logical conclusion, where science and rationality are rejected in favour of the titular 'blind faith' and a 'me' culture.

The first thing you should know about this novel is that it isn't funny. At all. Anyone familiar with Ben Elton's work will know that he uses comic situations to address serious issues; there is precious little to laugh about in Blind Faith, just a growing horror as the fast-paced plot drags you in.

It is about 100 years in the future. After a flood, Britain has become a much smaller country. People not only live and work in extraordinary proximity to one another, but are ruled by a religious fanaticism where privacy is frowned upon and belief in evolution- in reason of any kind- is banned. Furthermore, every aspect of one's life is required to be posted online. But Trafford, our protagonist, has the makings of a dangerous subversive- he has a secret.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Hardcover
Many of the other reviewers have compared this book with Orwell's 1984 and without a doubt there are parallels. But what Elton also brings into play is an analysis of the current rise of religious fundamentalism and its rejection of science and logic. As well as being set in a post apocalypse police state this novel is also set in a world that has reverted to the dark ages where science is outlawed and faith is all that is to be believed.

A preview of a post global-warming world. The possible conclusion of today's FaceBook/You Tube and reality TV fixation. And a total denunciation of the mindlessness of reactionary religion. All in an easy to read and fast paced novel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Keep The Faith 21 Feb 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Blind Faith is set in the future, sometime after a flood came and wiped out half of humanity. Since then civilisation has been rebuilt upon a landscape of religious insanity. The rules at some point have been rewritten so that England is now being run by a collection of lunatic preachers who believe that everything happens for a reason--GOD'S reason. And everybody else believes that, too, because if they don't believe it they'll be killed. But not just that--their beliefs and interpretation of The Bible are ridiculous, and they've somehow managed to implement a law which compels people to be open about everything. Privacy is a sin. People have to blog their entire life, and upload videos of their babies being born, or their cherry getting popped, or their christening, or whatever. Their whole life should be uploaded onto their Face Space page (an amalgamation of Facebook and MySpace, I presume). Also, all their videos have to be put onto the WorldTube.

Anyway, so there's a man, our main man, who dares to defy this and be a heretic (although not openly; he is trying to stay off the government's murderous radar for fear of being burned at the stake as God would want), a man who merely wants to have some private thoughts every now and then. Maybe have sex with his wife without half the world watching. So the story's told from his perspective, and I guess Ben Elton is mocking not just overly religious people who believe that every single thing that happens is because God made it happen, but also the inconsistencies of religion, and our Facebook culture, in which everybody uploads their life story complete with pictures on the net for everybody to see. He's taken what we're like now and just stretched it to the extreme.

And it works.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Oh Brave New(ish) World 26 Dec 2012
Format:Paperback
When God gave out "subtlety" Ben was at the end of the queue. However, he didn't have to wait long at the "cynicism" line, and he uses both to maximum effect in "Blind Faith". Elton sets this book in the future so that he can take a swipe, or a sledgehammer, at the way our current society is going. He invents a world that takes Orwell's 1984, crosses it with Big Brother (TV version), Jerry Springer, the Evangelical Right, the X Factor, our fast food culture, the self-help industry....you name a small annoyance in our current shallow and vacuous Western World and Elton pours bile and scorn over the lot if it. And entertaining it is too, but it's a bit of a Curate's Egg. It's not difficult to believe that in the near future the Virgin Mary will be replaced by Lady Diana in the religious canon, nor that parents will name their kids something like Caitlain Happymeal, but the relentless succession of such constructs begins to irritate after a while. So does his portrayal of the rebellion against this society. Guess what? Intelligent people like real books, revere science above religion, hate mindless television and prefer solitary reflection to the crush of crowd.
If you're thinking of reading this, then you probably know what to expect from the author. Ben Elton, it seems to me, would like to write a modern day "Crime and Punishment" or "Brave New World" but just wouldn't be able to resist slipping in a few fart and knob gags. He also lays on his message with a trowel, and it's a trowel the size of a football pitch. If you can forgive him this, then you'll enjoy "Blind Faith".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Comic and chilling
A crime to be modest. Privacy is illegal. .
Medical science heresy , the ultimate sin. Global warming , junk food , sugar and boob jobs rule over the sweating hoards of... Read more
Published 9 days ago by Mark Noble
2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting premise, blunt delivery
the beginning of Blind Faith is strong. Elton creates a clear image of a cramped environment full of grotesque people sharing every insignificant moment of their lives. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Rachel Hughes
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great read from a Great Writer
This book is very well written; the bottom line is that it mirrors the truth that has previously been swept under the carpet. Read more
Published 2 months ago by tracy
5.0 out of 5 stars Scary future!
Bought on Amazon for 1p! for my book group! Fascinating allegory of how the world might become in the future, a bit scary, especially for those brought up in evangelical or... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mrs. N. BROWN-DAVIS
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what i was expecting !
After reading the brilliant book 'inconceivable' by Ben Elton i was expecting yet another fun, witty and another page turner. But i didn't feel this way about this book.
Published 6 months ago by nageena
4.0 out of 5 stars Bought audio book
The book is brill, its just the quality was poor ie the disks. But loved the reading. Iam thinking of getting another copy .
Published 9 months ago by Philip Boylan
1.0 out of 5 stars Laid on with a very thick trowel
Crikey this is just about as bad as it can possibly get!

The author has basically taken a few admittedly annoying traits of 21st culture such as Facebook sharing and... Read more
Published 10 months ago by D. Sedgwick
5.0 out of 5 stars Blind Faith or a law to share everything
Excellent book! Easy to read, with a suprising ending. Makes you think about our addiction to share everything on certain social networks.
Published 13 months ago by Michaela
3.0 out of 5 stars Steamy Windows or NesTea Whopper?
Trafford Sewell has a secret. Actually, that is only one of his secrets. In a post-diluvian London, flooded circa 2029 - give or take - things have changed. Read more
Published 17 months ago by P Newman
4.0 out of 5 stars Should be made mandatory reading for 17 year olds
Everybody is offered the illusion of fame. Everybody is expected to keep up a blog. But the Government don't really care enough about the people even to offer their children the... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Sally Burdyke
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